Acupuncture has been practiced for 1000s of years, yet people rightfully want to know:
How safe is it?
What are the potential common and less common side effects?
Is it safe in people who take anti-coagulants?
Is it safe during pregnancy?
Is it safe to treat children?
...and in perspective:
How does it compare to standard medical care (3rd leading cause of death, USA)
How does it compare to medications side effects & safety (4th cause of death, USA)
In the following lecture I've given in Denmark last month, I review research and recommendations from the last 20 years regarding safety of acupuncture and compare it with medicare and medications.